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Wardensville in Hardy County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Population Center

 
 
Population Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
1. Population Center Marker
Inscription. The population center of the United State was in present West Virginia four times as it moved westward across the nation: near Wardensville in 1820; at Smoke Hole in 1830; west of Buckhannon in 1840; near Burning Springs in 1850.
 
Erected by West Virginia Archives and History. (Marker Number 1999.)
 
Location. 39° 4.805′ N, 78° 35.525′ W. Marker is in Wardensville, West Virginia, in Hardy County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 48), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in front of the county information center and conference center. Marker is in this post office area: Wardensville WV 26851, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wardensville (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Wardensville (here, next to this marker); Lost and Found (approx. 3.5 miles away); West Virginia / Virginia (approx. 4.2 miles away); Capon Springs (approx. 6.3 miles away); Capon Lake Whipple Truss Bridge (approx. 6.3 miles away); Oriskany Sand (approx. 7.4 miles away); Frederick County / Shenandoah County (approx. 8.9 miles away in Virginia). Click for a list of all markers in Wardensville.
 
Related marker.
Markers in front of the Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. Markers in front of the Visitor Center
Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Centers of Population. If the United States map were perfectly balanced on a point, this point would be its physical centroid. Currently this point is located in Phelps County, Missouri, in the east-central part of the state. However, when Washington, D.C. was chosen as the federal capital of the United States in 1790, the center of the U.S. population was in Kent County, Maryland, a mere 47 miles (76 km) east-northeast of the new capital. Over the last two centuries, the mean center of United States population has progressed westward and, since 1930, southwesterly, reflecting population drift. (Submitted on October 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
Mean Center of Population for the United States image. Click for full size.
By the Geography Division, U.S. Census Bureau
3. Mean Center of Population for the United States
Click on image to enlarge. This map shows county boundaries.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 929 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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